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RAW: Canadians eliminate Evolution, HBK Kane'd
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


Following the widely-panned WWE Bad Blood PPV, Raw emenates from the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. Following the quiet PPV crowd and a different than expected type of Hell in a Cell match, the WWE is looking to get people geared up for WWE Vengeance. With the Raw brand gaining much more momentum than its counterpart, it will be interesting to see the numbers for WWE Great American Bash. Let's see what's in store for HHH, HBK, Kane, Chris Benoit, and the rest of the Raw brand!

Eric Bischoff is shown backstage. He hears a knock on the door and in walks Kane. Eric Bischoff tells Kane that he has named a new number one contender. When Kane becomes angry Bischoff tells Kane that he is a professional. Kane does not accept that and he tears up Eric Bischoff's office, throwing couches and chairs in the process.

Benoit, Edge, Jericho vs Orton, Flair, and Batista Six Man Tag Elimination Match Promo is shown.

Jim Ross is in the ring ready to address the Hell in a Cell match. He tells us that they have exclusive footage that "words cannot describe" for the Raw fans. He wants to bring out HBK and HHH so the fans can show their appreciation for the Hell in a Cell match and put an end to the storied rivalry. HBK comes out. Fans chant "HBK, HBK, HBK". HHH then comes out. JR talks about how great their match was and asks them to shake hands and signify an end to their storied rivalry. Both extend their hands and out comes Eric Bischoff. He says that he has an important announcement to make about the new number one contender. Explosion. Kane comes out. Kane boots HBK and he falls out of the ring. HHH backs away from Kane and leaves the ring. Kane hits Michaels again and grabs a steel chair from under the ring. He throws the chair and Michaels into the ring. Kane puts Michaels neck into the chair and jumps off the second rope, seemingly snapping HBK's neck. Michaels is coughing up blood. Kane laughs about his actions and leaves the ring. Referees come out and they get medical help for HBK.

Notes- While the Hell in a Cell match was said to be lower than what the fans expected, Kane's match was praised as it was said to be a solid effort. Hell in a Cell was built around big bumps and putting the Heartbreak Kid and HHH in it was something fans had been waiting for. WWE provided them with Tables, Ladders, Chairs, a Hell in a Cell and plenty of blood but the fans didn't accept that. Fans found it to be a basic match. The audience seemed dead for the match, except when HBK took out the ladder and splashed on HHH. They put forth a tremendous effort, but the crowd really turned it down. WWE saw the praise that Kane/Benoit has recieved and it is evident that WWE is looking to incorporate HHH/Kane/Chris Benoit for a possible Summerslam Main Event.

After a commercial break, we come back to Michaels being put onto a stretcher. Michaels has blood gushing from his mouth. They show Shawn being taken out of the arena.

We go to a clip of Trish Stratus winning the WWE Women's Championship last night.

They show the ambulance leaving the arena.

Match 1- Mixed Tag Team Match- Trish Stratus and Tyson Tomko vs Lita and Matt Hardy

Trish and Lita start this one off. Trish gains the upperhand and puts a headlock on Lita. Lita comes back and gets a two count on the new Women's Champ. Trish is able to get to her corner and tag in Tyson. Matt comes in and armlocks Tyson only to be knocked into the turnbuckle and get pounded on by Tyson. Matt gets out and climbs the second rope and attempts a crossbody but is almost caught by Tyson Tomko. Tomko applies a chin lock on Hardy. Tyson charges into the turnbuckle and misses Hardy, who comes back with a diving clothesline. Trish comes back in and Lita pounds on her. Tyson interferes and Hardy knocks him out of the ring. Lita and Trish fight with Lita hitting her DDT finisher for the one-two-three.

Winners Via Pinfall- Lita and Matt Hardy

Notes- Why are they burying Tyson Tomko? He is supposed to be a force yet he has lost both on PPV and Raw. Lita seems to be a force and should finally capture that Women's belt at Summerslam.

Highlight Reel Promo is shown with special guest Eugene.

We come back to HHH and Eric Bischoff backstage. HHH thinks he's the new number one contender since he beat HBK, but Bischoff says that there is one person who he hasn't beaten -- Eugene. Next week it will be Eugene vs HHH and Bischoff wants HHH to beat Eugene.

Todd Grisham interviews Joe Schmo and we see the cast of Joe Schmo 2. Why??

We go to a commerical hyping a recap of Bad Blood's Hell in a Cell match.

Match 2- WWE World Tag Team Championship Match- The Hurricane and Rosey vs La Resistance- The winning team gets to sing their respective national anthem.

Each team comes out with their country's flag, while U.S. and Quebec flags hang above the ring. La Resistance takes an early lead and punish The Hurricane. Rosey comes in and take control of the match for the superheroes and gets a two count on Sylvain. Hurricane gets his head slammed into the post on the outside by Rob Conway. Sylvain gets the pin as Rob Conway holds the foot of a fallen Rosey.

Winners Via Pinfall- La Resistance.

The Canadian National Anthem is sung as the American Flag is lifted and the fleur-de-lis reigns supreme.

Divas video is shown. The Divas are shown doing photo shoots. They talk about the Diva Search.

We come back to Lita backstage. She has a pregnancy test with her. She goes into a stall and we go to the arena.

Y2J comes out so we can start the Highlight Reel. Y2J welcomes us to Raw is Jericho. He says he and his guest both had something in common, they both won last night at Bad Blood. He brings out Eugene and William Regal. Jericho says they are both Sexy Beasts. Y2J asks what his favorite Jericho moment was, Eugene says when Jericho peed in Regal's tea and Regal drank it. Eugene says he did the same thing last week. Regal looks on in disbelief. Y2J says that although Eugene's favorite wrestler is HHH, HHH does not like Eugene. Randy Orton, Batista, Flair and HHH come out with Orton bearing a gift. Eugene is so excited. HHH introduces himself and Evolution and says that he and Evolution are Eugene's friends. HHH calls Jericho a liar. HHH says he is Eugene's friend. HHH says he is the biggest friend Eugene has. Randy Orton gives Eugene the box which contains a HHH hat and HHH T Shirt. There is also a promo photo of HHH and a Sharpie in there and HHH signs the photo for Eugene. There is also an Evolution T-Shirt in there and HHH asks Eugene to sign that shirt for him. HHH says "sign it on the naked girl's butt." HHH asks if Eugene will take a picture with him. HHH says on three you say "Pedigree". He does and the picture is taken. HHH tells Eugene if anyone says that HHH is not his friend, to tell him and he will deal with that person. HHH tells him to show his friends his new presents and William Regal and Eugene leave the ring. HHH is then confronted by Y2J. Y2J sarcastically congratulates him for pulling one over on Eugene. Y2J says he will be the first one cheering when Eugene beats The Game one-two-three next week. HHH says he does not know what he's talking about, Eugene is his friend. He said later on Edge, Chris Jericho, and Chris Benoit will get what is coming to them and in the end HHH will the get the World Heavyweight Championship.

Notes- Very funny piece. Eugene is GREAT!

Stacy and Lita are shown backstage. Stacy needs to borrow Lita's elbow pads for her match next. Lita seems down. Stacy asks whats wrong and Lita says she is pregnant. A Little Red Machine on the way?

Match 3- Victoria and Stacy Keibler vs Gail Kim and Molly Holly

Molly works on Victoria in the early goings of the match. Stacy comes in and goes to work on Molly. She uses her long legs to her advantage. Molly regains control and works on Stacy Keibler. Gail comes in and continues the beat down that Stacy Keibler has faced during most of her tenure in this match. Molly comes back in a gets right on Stacy. Gail comes back in and applies a leg lock chin lock combination for the submission win on Stacy.

Winners Via Submission- Gail Kim and Molly Holly

Notes- Gail is one of the top women wrestlers, she should have another title run. WWE has a good group of women and Stacy taking a beat down should help boost title contender's careers. WWE needs to bring in some new women wrestlers to spice things up though. Develop their skills and throw them in the mix for some great women's action. The current WWE divas are good enough to carry any newcomers who might not be as strong.

J.R. Thanks us for joining them for WWE Bad Blood last night. They show us a recap of what happened during last night's Hell in a Cell match. J.R. and Jerry Lawler take us back to Kane tearing up Bischoff's office at the top of the program and Shawn Michaels being destroyed by Kane. Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross report that Shawn's voice box and larnyx are possibly crushed.

Match 4- Six Man Tag Team Elimination Match- Randy Orton, Batista, and Ric Flair w/HHH vs Chris Benoit, Edge, and Chris Jericho

Jericho and Orton start things off. Flair is then tagged in. Jericho gets beaten on Ric Flair and Evolution. Batista is now tagged in. Jericho again gets hit into the Evolution corner and Flair is tagged back in. Edge comes in along with Benoit and Evolution get knocked off the apron and onto the floor as they go to a commercial.

We come back to Flair going right to work on the Canadian Crippler. Benoit comes back with chops to the "Dirtiest Player in the Game". Edge comes in and gets thumb to the eye from Ric Flair. Edge comes back though and hits Ric Flair in the corner. He goes for the 10 punch count and gets atomic dropped by Flair. Orton comes in and goes to work on Edge who comes back and makes the tag into Chris Benoit. Benoit is brought to the Evolution side of town and is worked on. Batista uses his power and dominates Benoit. Orton comes in and works on Benoit and lets Ric Flair get a cheap shot in. Batista comes back in and beats down some more on Chris Benoit. Batista props Benoit up into the corner and shoulder blocks him in the back. Benoit kicks Batista off him and Jericho comes in. Jericho fights back Batista and goes for the Walls of Jericho but is reversed. Batista comes back and Jericho catches his finisher out of nowhere for the the two count. Benoit sends Flair out of the ring. Edge spears Batista and Benoit drops a headbutt on him, Jericho hits the Lionsault on a fallen Batista for the three count.

Elimination 1- Via Pinfall- Batista pinned by Jericho

Nah Nah chants are heard for Batista who has to go back to the lockeroom. Ric Flair goes to work on Jericho. Jericho and Orton fight it out. Edge comes in and goes to work on "The Legend Killer". Edge chops away on Orton and nails a superplex on Orton. HHH trips Edge and stops him from hitting the spear. Orton tags in Flair. Ric Flair beats on Edge goes to the top rope and is thrown off by Edge. Jericho comes in and takes down Ric Flair. Benoit takes down Orton on the outside. The Walls of Jericho is applied on Flair but HHH interferes. RKO on Jericho, one, two, three.

Elimination 2- Via Pinfall- Jericho pinned Flair

We come back to Benoit beating on Batista. Orton comes back and Benoit chops away on both Flair and Orton. Flair gets beaten on by Benoit and falls down in true Nature Boy fashion. Flair comes back and tags in Randy Orton, Edge is in. Randy Orton comes in and puts a headlock on Edge. Benoit comes in off the tag and beats on Randy Orton. Randy Orton comes back with a knee to Chris Benoit mid-section. Ric Flair comes in a punches away on Chris Benoit, who comes back with punches of his own. German suplex on Flair, another, Randy Orton breaks up the attempt for a third consecutive German Suplex on Flair and gets suplexed himself. Randy Orton gets legally tagged in. Edge comes in and takes out both Ric Flair and Randy Orton. Back body drop to both Ric Flair and Randy Orton. Spear to Flair. Low blow on Edge and an RKO for the one-two-three.

Elimination 3- Via Pinfall- Orton pinned Edge

Benoit comes in and gets the Crossface on Ric Flair and Flair taps out.

Elimination 4-Via Submission- Benoit makes Flair submit

Orton comes out of the blocks and drops a leg on Benoit. Randy Orton punches Benoit and Benoit punches back. The two get into a fist fight. Orton gets hit with a German Suplex. Benoit goes for another but gets elbowed. Randy Orton goes to clothesline Benoit but hits the ref instead. Benoit goes for the sharpshooter on Orton but HHH comes in. German Suplex on HHH. Sharpshooter is put on Orton and Orton taps out.

Elimination 5-Via Submission-Benoit makes Orton submit

Winners- Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit and Edge

Excellent show for the WWE that went well over the time slot. A terrific main event to cap off the Raw following the first of two June PPVs. Benoit is really working a tough schedule and his matches have been nothing short of solid and amazing. Great effort and really helped tonight's Raw broadcast and gave the fans their money's worth. Let's see what the Smackdown Brand has to offer this Thursday as they head into their very own June PPV.


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